Letters to the Editor

May 4, 2020

Dear Editor: We love our first responders in Bayonne. That is why a group of us decided to sell t-shirts to show support for our essential workers. All of the proceeds will go towards supporting the men and women that are putting their lives at risk to protect us from COVID-19. Click here ...

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To the Editor: In March, the DCA issued official guidance regarding NJ Public Meetings during the Pandemic.  All towns were to provide the public with the opportunity to attend virtual Public Meetings.  The DCA Advisory offered at least 10 different ways for a Township to conduct Public meetings ...

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A Letter from Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella to State Senator Nicholas Scutari, Assemblyman James Kennedy and Assemblywoman Linda Carter... Dear Senator Scutari, Assemblyman Kennedy, and Assemblywoman Carter: I write to seek your assistance with the New Jersey Department of ...

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Dear Editor: Resolve Community Counseling Center, the nonprofit mental health center of Scotch Plains, has been providing mental health and addictions services for close to 50 years. This has been our journey adjusting to the Covid-19 era.  Just a few months ago, clients and counselors were ...

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In the short time that I knew Roger Terry before doing research on him for this election, I learned of his many community activities to help build our town and address the needs of Montclair residents. He embodies the ideals of Montclairians, which are one of the reasons so many of us love our ...

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This coming weekend, May 1st-3rd, is Digital Action Weekend for the US Census! As Covid-19 has hampered door to door canvassing the Census Bureau is undertaking this monumental campaign to get Americans to complete the Census online at www.census.gov. By now we all know that the Census is a ...

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 I’m wearing my 2018 May Day T-shirt, the year we recognized the 20th anniversary of May Day. Tomorrow would have been May Day 2020, with nearly 1,000 volunteers sprucing up our great town. While this will be the first time in 22 years where we won’t be smelling the fresh mulch and admiring all our ...

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Dear Editor: As we all know these are unprecedented times that you and I are living thru. As a public safety director that served two administrations, I witnessed homicides, fires and floods. However, I also saw the humanity in the residents of the greatest city in the United States------- the ...

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Board president Peggy Oster announced that master technology teacher Jeanine Gottko is the recipient of the 2020 Rotary Club of Westfield’s Philhower Fellowship in recognition of outstanding teaching at the elementary school level. Ms. Gottko taught first and fifth grade at Franklin School for ...

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Dear Editor: Recently I approached the head of C-Town to express my appreciation for their ongoing efforts to “be there” for customers throughout the ongoing Coronavirus. Much to my surprise and dismay, he showed me a letter of complaint received from someone who accused the store of ...

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Letter to the Editor: New Jersey School Boards Association continues to meet with challenges in unprecedented times that change on a daily basis, we continue to find new ways to meet, stay educated and use virtual tools such as Zoom, Webex and Podcasts .  The Governmental Teams continue to meet ...

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To the Editor: The Barnegat mayor wrote a Letter to the Editor comparing the quantitative COVID-19 deaths with the choice of many women to legally end their pregnancies. I’d like to understand why an elected official would be so stupid as to compare a singular woman’s choice with the most ...

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To the Editor: When our economy reopens post-Covid-19, the economic landscape will have fundamentally changed and principally so for the working men and women in New Jersey and throughout the entire United States. For years, we have been told that Democrats and progressives are the ones who ...

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An open letter to Governor Murphy: First, I want to thank you for the work you and your staff are doing to keep New Jersey residents as safe as possible during this public health crisis. I am primarily writing to urge you to please be patient and not to prematurely close the New Jersey ...

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Dear Editor: The state reported another 2,633 COVID-19 positive test results, bringing the statewide total to 118,652 on Thursday. Union County currently has a total of 12,578 confirmed cases, and the Westfield Regional Board of Health reports that our total in Fanwood remains at 69 confirmed ...

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To the Editor: Today, I just found out that the Westfield Police are using drones to enforce town park closings with a siren and recorded message despite the fact that they will be reopening town parks for limited use on May 2nd. I do not know what the ones in Westfield say, but I assume the ...

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To our TFAB customers, First and foremost, thank you for being supportive and understanding during this pandemic. Unfortunately we will not be re-opening the store on Friday May 1st. However, in the meantime we are trying to update our store for the health and safety of our employees and our ...

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Over the past several weeks, I have witnessed the outpouring of your support to the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad in many ways. You have provided hundreds of much-needed personal protective equipment supplies, supplied us with lunch and dinners for months, written wonderful notes ...

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  Dear Berkeley Heights Community, I don’t normally ask for help, but in the time of a global pandemic, things don’t feel very normal right now. What does feel right, is trying to do something that will help Berkeley Heights, a place I have loved for 30 years, come thru this ...

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To the Editor: Growing up in a rural area during the 50s and 60s I had faith in mankind. Not everyone loved, or even liked, everyone but everybody helped everyone. When I say everyone, I mean the majority. We thought nothing of stopping to help someone stranded on the road with a flat tire or ...

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To the Editor: I was one of the hundreds of New Jerseyans from all over the state who gathered Tuesday at the State Capital to protest Governor Murphy’s decision to not open the State for business. A couple hundred concerned tax-paying citizens gathered at noon at the New Jersey State House ...

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To the Editor: While we are in the midst of losing jobs, citizens of Chatham Township some sick, some sadly passing away, uncertain financial stability, and many unable to work, Kelly proposes massive tax increases. How unbelievable, but fact. Kelly and Ness will tell you it is not that much, ...

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To the Editor: A new Chatham Township meeting, a new group of angry residents blind-sided by a Committee decision.  I couldn’t help but think of the movie "Groundhog Day" last Thursday night when listening to angry residents voice their opposition to Mayor Kelly’s and the Committee’s latest plan ...

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On March 10, 2020, just before the devasting human and economic impact of the COVID-19 virus would become widely known, Mayor Shelly Brindle released a “Bold Action Plan” for Westfield.  In it, she criticized the Town’s prior budget policies that had, in her words, “taken a very conservative ...

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Dear Editor: My name is Joseph W. DeSantis.  I am a boy scout in Troop 33 working towards my Eagle Scout rank. I would like to talk about my thoughts on the Governor’s plan to reopen the state. First, I agree with the governor’s policy of keeping the social distancing measures and stay at ...

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I started an internship program in Hawthorne in 2017. The program matches local students with local businesses and you can find the details here. The program is free and the budget is $0.  I volunteer my time and the Louis Bay 2nd Library provides the space. I collaborate with the Hawthorne ...

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To the Editor, The Covid19 pandemic is revealing so much about the character of the American people. Some flaws but mostly positive. It also has reaffirmed for me many things I already knew about Yorktown. This is a great community. From the beginning of the pandemic Supervisor Slater was taking ...

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I’m not a runner, but have enjoyed the Annual Berkeley Heights Mother’s Day 5K Race for the last 18 years!  This week, I would be registering my family, doing some extra stretching and coordinating with my network of local Mom’s to be sure everyone is ‘In’.  I love this race, seeing all the ...

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To the Editor: I agree with Committeeman Lou Reiner that we need an alternative to Comcast. I would like to be able to watch a decent news station like One America News Network (OANN), but it is not available through Comcast.   Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, John ...

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Dear Editor: Earlier today, the state reported another 2,887 COVID-19 positive test results, bringing the statewide total to 113,856. Union County currently has a total of 12,188 confirmed cases and the Westfield Regional Board of Health reports that as of today our total in Fanwood remains the ...

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